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26 April, 1770

 

On 26 April, 1770, James Cook wrote “We lay becalm'd driving in before the Sea untill 1 oClock AM at which time we got a breeze from the land with which we steer'd NE... In the PM stood off shore untill 2 oClock than tack'd and stood in untill 6 at which time we tack'd and stood off”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Land today more barren in appearance that we hade before seen it: it consisted cheifly of Chalky cliffs something resembling those of old England; within these it was flat and might be no doubt as fertile. Fires were seen during the day the same as yesterday but none so large”.

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